“When two people and their families are united, these memories are best photographed naturally and honestly, as they happen. My work is vibrant and contemporary but absolutely approachable and true to life. I’m also proud to offer fine art prints which I produce exclusively in house on an archival pigment printer. This is what defines my work.”
Meet: Brian Hatton
People. My work stays current and approachable by keeping the focus on personalities and relationships. To me, the most important takeaway is that you can look back at your photos and remember how you and your loved ones were actually feeling.
Moments. I most treasure the things that happen only once. A serendipitous moment reveals something personal about an individual in a way that “look here and smile” never could.
Ambiance. What was it like to attend your wedding? Atmosphere is an important aspect of my work because it sets the mood and gives a sense of what it was like to experience the event from the perspective of a guest.
Light. I preserve an organic and true-to-life feel by utilizing natural light whenever possible to give a familiar but interesting dimension to the images.
When I’m not photographing weddings, I am busy as a commercial and performing arts photographer in New York City.
What brought you to the wedding industry?
Shooting a wedding draws from my favorite elements of photography. I’m drawn to raw, in the moment images that show people’s personalities. I also love travel photography that encompasses the energy of a scene. Once I had the opportunity to shoot a wedding or two, I found that my approach lends itself naturally to these types of emotional, celebratory events.
What is your favorite moment at a wedding?
My favorite thing at a wedding is the moment where a couple finally gets to sit down with each other after arriving at the reception. Often times this is the first opportunity they’ll have to reflect one-on-one about their day.
What is the best part about your job?
My favorite part about being a wedding photographer is delivering a wedding album to a couple. Often times I’ll have a 1-2 year relationship working with my couples and this is the culmination of all our efforts. It is extremely satisfying to produce this living memory that will be passed on to their children.
Where do you draw inspiration from when preparing for each wedding?
It’s important to me that my coverage of weddings is a true reflection of the couple I am capturing. The way I approach any particular event is influenced even by the tone of the very first inquiry. Some couples want me to remain in the background and allow them to experience their day completely unaffected by my presence. Others want their day to be very much photography driven in which case I will be much more forward and directive. I draw clues from our lead up communications, interactions with friends and family in the getting ready room. Even the choice of shoes will affect the way I shoot certain elements of the day!
Share something that is unique to you and/or your business.
I have been in New York since 2002 and really understand modern, creative, professional couples in NYC. I have broad interests in music, travel, and food and draw inspiration from these pursuits in my work as a photographer. I’m uninterested in photographing weddings like a wedding photographer. I am there to uncover what makes couples unique and create lasting reminders of their thoughts and feelings rushing by at a wedding.
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